We all know it’s not much fun being away from the family during the holiday seasons. I know I’ve spent many holidays away from home in my 39 years at sea. Many times my wife would keep the tree up until I got home. It was hell when we had a real tree but as with everything else these fake trees last forever.
Prior Military Service | Post 9/11 GI Bill now for Maritime Training
Sea going service gained while in the service CAN BE used to qualify for U.S. Coast Guard Licenses and endorsements to your Merchant Marine Credentials (MMC). Do not wait too long there is a short window to convert your military time. There are many opportunities for veterans to work as a merchant marine. As a veteran, your sea-service and job specialty, rating or Officer’s position while aboard ship all has a specific value assigned by the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center. The Code of Federal Regulations spell out exactly what military service counts towards maritime credentials, licenses and endorsements.
**There is also a new Coast Guard Policy that helps those with deck service to qualify as a Merchant Marine Officer. CG-543 Policy Letter 11-07 allows the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and those authorized to sign of Officer of the Deck PQS’ to sign off the Assessments of Competence required for OICNW. **
** The Post 9/11 GI Bill is now approved for vocational maritime training, effective October 1st, 2011. Call MarineDocuments.com @(877)725-1194 to find maritime training schools to help you maximize your current sea service, career qualifications and also maximize your Post 9/11 GI Bill Educational Benefits.**
Check out the following CFR for military service: 46 CFR 11.213
Advancing your Maritime Career
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Allow us to guide you into the maritime industries,you have many options and choices to make through-out your new career.
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- Offshore Supply Vessels
- Ocean-going freighters, tankers, or container carriers
- Great Lakes dry-cargo “Bulkers” , tank ships and tug boats
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- Super Yachts
- Fishing Boats
Every part of the maritime industry shares common requirements, and they each have their own special requirements. We can help you decide where to go and just as importantly, How to Get There! Let us help you develop you maritime career.
Required Training for Mariners
New or entry-level mariners need special training to go to work. What types of training varies with each prospective employer. If you’re working on the Western Rivers you may not need any to get started. Working on the Ocean or in the Gulf will require you to have:
- STCW Basic Safety Training; five days of Personal Water Safety, First-Aid and CPR, Fire Fighting and Pollution Prevention.
- Deckhand Safety Course is strongly recommended for new employees trying to break into the tugboat industry. This type of training will familiarize you with ship board safety, line handling safety, Mooring and un-mooring, making up tow lines as well as confined space entry, general housekeeping and shipboard etiquette.
Maritime Training is a continuous cycle of entry-level qualifications, re-qualifications, credential endorsements and professional license upgrades. Ask any “Old Salt” onboard how many training courses they have taken and how often they train!
Especially with the new STCW 2010 Manila amendments entering into force on January 1, 2012.
“Emergency drills and training are part of the every day, weekly and monthly routine aboard all ships. The better you practice, the better you are at your job! Every mariner will perform in an emergency exactly how you practice and train each shipboard emergency”, says Captain Vic.
MarineDocuments.com has become the authority on Coast Guard training requirements and finding the schools for your training. Let us help locate the training you need to advance yourself. We have the resources to save mariners time in locating the training, upgrading your credentials, application preparation and processing and helping you to make your life just a bit easier.
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